Shoulder patch of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment - men of Canada's largest and most distinguished Francophone unit. With an illustrious history that can be traced back to the Canadian militia of the War of 1812, the "Van Doos" have earned the First World War, Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan among their many battle honours. Among their ranks were 3 recipients of the Victoria Cross, and many others for combat gallantry decorations. Some of those men continued to serve heroically after their time in uniform. One such example was Rene Jalbert (combat veteran of the Second World War and Korea), who famously stopped a mass shooting in 1984 at Quebec's National Assembly when he calmingly walked up to the shooter and offered him a cigarette.
Today's Van Doos of the 2nd Battalion are based in Quebec City as a Regular Force Infantry Battalion of the Canadian Armed Forces.
These shoulder patches were sewn onto the shoulder of Pattern 1949 battle dresses in the postwar period and similar to those issued out in the Second World War with the inclusion of a battalion designation on the top blue bar.
Patch measures approxiamtely 5.5 x 1 inch and cloth backed.
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